Despite the economic downturn, it's not impossible to land the job of your dreams. Find out what industries are expected to thrive and how to up your chances of getting hired.
you're hoping to quit your job this year and get a fresh start elsewhere, what you've been reading in the news isn't what you want to hear.
The economy is expected to grow between 1 and 3 per cent in 2017, but economists foresee a downward adjustment of the figure due to external factors such as political uncertainty and an intensifying anti-globalisation stance.
Whether a recession is on the cards, no one can say. Still, career experts say it's not all gloom and doom if you're looking to make a career switch.
The good news: Not all industries will be affected
Despite the economic downturn, some industries are likely to remain unaffected and others may even thrive, says Julia Ng, senior executive coach at Executive Coach International.
She's talking about those whose services people and companies need,regardless of the economic situation. Think the healthcare, education, accounting, military, digital marketing and property management industries.
And that pool is set to get bigger, now that 23 industries - such as retail, logistics and security, to name a few - are earmarked by the government for further development.
Under its S$4.5 billion Industry Transformation Programme, roadmaps will be created to help these industries grow and become more competitive.
Companies will benefit from this, but more importantly, workers can expect new and redesigned jobs, with better wages and training opportunities.
Knowing what jobs are out there - and deciding what you want to do - is the first step. The next: increase your chances of landing that coveted position. Paul Heng, executive coach and founder of Next Career Consulting Group, Asia, shares his tips: